Aaron Bolton, KBBI - Homer


City of Homer works with state and Army Corps to battle erosion on the spit

The Homer Spit’s future as an iconic tourist attraction is in danger of washing away. Erosion along the spit’s sea walls is not a new problem. City officials are working with state and federal agencies to find a lasting solution.

As some sea star populations make a comeback, scientists may have found cause of ‘wasting disease’

Along the West Coast, there are signs that sea stars are recovering from what’s known as a wasting disease epidemic that began around 2013. Stars suffering from the disease literally melt away within 48 hours of the first sign of sickness. Scientists once thought it was caused by a virus or another pathogen, but now they think it may actually be another sign of climate change.

Dunleavy taps former aide for vacant Board of Fish seat

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has tapped his former legislative aide to serve on the Board of Fisheries. Matanuska-Susitna Borough resident John Wood is largely unknown by fishing groups.

Fourth dead grey whale in Alaska washes up on Kenai Peninsula

Another dead grey whale has washed up on Alaska’s shoreline, the fourth instance in recent weeks. The young whale was found on the Kenai Peninsula near Clam Gulch.
An oil platform in ocean

DEC permit renewal would increase Cook Inlet oil producers’ wastewater discharges

Environmental groups are protesting the state’s move to renew a federal permit that allows oil and gas producers to release a variety of pollutants into Cook Inlet.

Kenai Peninsula rocked by early morning 5.8 quake

Southern Kenai Peninsula residents and visitors in town for Memorial Day Weekend were woken up by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake early Monday morning.

Palmer man dies in Prince William Sound floatplane crash

A 75-year-old Mat-Su borough man was killed in a Tuesday floatplane crash in Prince William Sound.

Fire season kicks off with over a dozen fires statewide

The Alaska Division of Forestry is warning Alaskans in the Southcentral region of the state about high fire danger.

As part of Dunleavy administration directive, ADF&G considered selling its hatcheries

When Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled his budget proposal back in February, he also issued a directive asking departments to seek out state-owned properties that could be sold in an effort to save money.

Homer Rep. Vance looks into Board of Fish vote on Cook Inlet meeting location

Homer House Rep. Sarah Vance announced Friday that she is launching an inquiry into the Alaska Board of Fisheries’ January vote to move its 2020 Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting on the Kenai Peninsula back to Anchorage.

Hilcorp delays seismic exploration in lower Cook Inlet

The company plans to update 40-year-old seismic data in a 370-square mile lease site offshore from Homer and Anchor Point.

Upper Cook Inlet fishermen take issue with Dunleavy Board of Fish appointee

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced four appointments to the Alaska Board of Fisheries Monday. One of Dunleavy’s picks has served on the board in the past and is likely to go through a heated confirmation process.
A red salmon in the water

International study to shed light on the mysterious lives of salmon at sea

Scientists know surprisingly little about a salmon’s life outside of their freshwater and nearshore habitats, but an ambitious study is attempting to change that.
Alaska State Troopers. Photo: Monica Gokey/ Alaska Public Media file photo.

Authorities declined to charge trooper who killed Nikolaevsk man, they never told his family

More than a year after a Nikolaevsk man was killed by an Alaska State Trooper, the family is still seeking answers.

DEC looks into helicopter fuel spill in Jakolof Bay

State officials are investigating whether a charter helicopter spilled fuel near a Kenai Peninsula oyster farm in Jakolof Bay.

Local residents show support after racist message spray-painted on Homer restaurant

A day after vandals spray-painted racist threats on the side of a Homer restaurant, community members have turned out to offer support.

Fish and Game seeks to understand genetic differences between pink salmon populations

A study by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game looking at chum and pink salmon runs in Southeast and Prince William Sound is expanding to help biologists understand the interplay between wild runs and hatchery strays.

Homer Rep. Vance apologizes after criticizing letters from high school students

A freshman House lawmaker took to social media to criticize Homer high schoolers that had written her office over proposed education cuts. Homer Rep. Sarah Vance has since apologized and taken down the video on her Facebook page.

Predicting marine heatwaves can have economic implications

The Gulf of Alaska is once again experiencing a marine heatwave. Scientists around the world are trying to predict these events, but there are economic implications to forecasting the future.

Alaska’s seafood industry says the US-China trade war is costing it dearly

The trade war with China is impacting Alaska’s seafood industry. Alaska seafood exports to China have dropped by a fifth compared to last year.